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by eNate
Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: iSeal for Frunk
Replies: 9
Views: 2210

Re: iSeal for Frunk

I don't know whether many of you are aware of this product, but Wokeby -- the creator of the i3 BEV Trunk Extension -- is already selling a frunk lid that attaches to the underside of the hood and therefore opens automatically whenever the frunk is accessed. https://wokeby.de/en/product/bmw-i3-frunk...
by eNate
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Front Turn Signals
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: Front Turn Signals

My thoughts on the two are that incandescent has a more pleasing ramp-up to full brightness, even though it's minor. LED turn signals done right have multi-segment LEDs that illuminate in short succession and either "sweep" or form concentric circles. Just an observation, not necessarily critiquing ...
by eNate
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: i3 being seen as Ugly
Replies: 26
Views: 8423

Re: i3 being seen as Ugly

"Ugly" has to be referenced in context -- or at least relative to something.

Google image search "ugly car" and you'll see what I mean. FYI I had to type in "quirky car" to get an i3 to pop up.
by eNate
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: BEV No Heat, Again...
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: BEV No Heat, Again...

Jim, no, my point being that 20A at 120v is a 2400W power draw which is clearly a charge deficit for any L1 setup, but that you mentioned you recorded 20A at 240v being consumed, which to me seems like an insane amount of consumption for preconditioning. Again, the figure I recall from the interview...
by eNate
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: BEV No Heat, Again...
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: BEV No Heat, Again...

Sure, but 20A at 120v is half 20A at 240v.
by eNate
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: i3 Weight
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Re: i3 Weight

It would be aluminum, not steel. In non-US sunroof-equipped models, the i3 is sold with a CFRP roof. Maybe something has changed, but you would definitely see the carbon fiber weave in the reflection under the right lighting conditions if yours is CFRP.
by eNate
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: i3 Weight
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Re: i3 Weight

I don't know about the heat pump (or its weight penalty). When I was shopping the Niro last year, the heat pump was rare, only available in the northwest and northeast. Not sure if it's a cost, weight, necessity, or warranty decision by BMW to exclude it.

Does your non-CF roof have a sunroof?
by eNate
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: i3 Weight
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Re: i3 Weight

There's variability, but from evspecifications.com 2,635 / 2,744 / 2,965 lbs. is representative of other figures I've seen. For instance, I've seen 2,918 for 2017, and 3,040 for 2019 non-S models. 2014 was the lightest compared to 2015, also 60Ah. There were small obvious changes, like the motor mou...
by eNate
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Will I make it home?
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: Will I make it home?

Many if not most of the 2017 i3s I looked up on CarGurus were incorrectly listed as 60Ah. That was a year ago; hopefully they've fixed it.

I verified all were 94Ah by plugging the VINs into mdecoder. For what it's worth, I didn't come across a single 2017 with the smaller 60Ah battery.
by eNate
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Will I make it home?
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: Will I make it home?

Are there any 120v receptacles you can plug into at work? At 75 mph with a 2017 / 94Ah battery, you're on the cusp of battery range, conditions dependent. I definitely wouldn't purchase a 60Ah model for that commute.

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